bumbershoot agenda : saturday suggestions

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It is a scientifically accepted fact that there are too many things happening at Bumbershoot at any one time to catch every notable spectacle, performance, or experience. It’s also well known that no matter how hard you plan, you’re bound to catch and miss an unexpected magical moment or two. Whether it’s of Montreal covering “Crazy”, Glen Hansard pulling a fan from the crowd to cover a song from Once, Dan Deacon turning Exhibition Hall into an uplifting team building exercise, or just the look on someone’s face the first time they meet crazy scarf guy in person, you can’t guarantee that you’ll see everything.  

Nevertheless, your friends at Metblogs have prepared a list of things that we’re going to do our darndest not to miss. We hope they help you plan your own personal agenda, too. If there’s something we need to see but forgot to mention, please don’t be shy about reminding us in the comments!


Mimi Allin (daily, NW Rooms): Mimi Allen, the Poetess at Green Lake, brought poetry to the people for a year in a meadow at Green Lake and now delivers an installation specially crafted for Bumbershoot, “A Silence More Irresistible Than…” [zee]

Snackbar (daily, NW Rooms): Become part of the Bumbershoot artistic process by contributing a drawing and receive a snack in return. Snacks for art?    I might have to be there all day. [zee]

Dyno Jamz (12:30 – 1:30, EMP) : The champions of this year’s Sound Off competition, who seem to have realized that all of those instruments could be put to better use and more appealing extracurricular opportunities in a textured hip-hop setting than in marching band or jazz club, get the chance to win more hearts and essentially open the festival on the stage where they claimed their title this spring. [josh]

Kristen Ward (12:00 – 1:00, Mural): Bluegrass, Western, folk, roots–you can call Kristen Ward’s songs by any number of labels but the one that always sticks is “worth hearing”. [zee]

Rock Prophecies (1:00 – 3:00, SIFF Cinema):   Superstar rock photographer Robert Knight is profiled in a documentary that reveals his journey from nervous newbie to recognized genuis. Followed by a Q&A with Knight and director John Chester. [zee]

Hotels (2:00 – 3:00, EMP): Some bands are just best inside, and Hotels’ moody new wave sound will fit perfectly in front of the trippy light show in the EMP. [samantha]

Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head (2:30 – 3:30, Broad Street): I don’t know how many different ways I can say this: Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head are too fun to miss. Remember the video of the guy dancing alone and starting a giant dance party at Sasquatch set to “Me + Yr Daughter”? Be there for the real thing. (because dude…) [samantha/steven]

McSweeney’s New Fiction (5:15 – 6:45, Leo K. Theatre) : for Charlene Yi’s voice (have you seen this?) and Starlee Kine (This American Life supahstar) and her general writerly aura (her take on break-up songs kills me). [steven]

Matt & Kim (6:00 – 7:00, Broad Street): I have no idea how Matt & Kim manage to make such danceable sounds with just a drum kit and a keyboard. I’m sure they’re bending some laws of science. [samantha]

Gang Gang Dance (7:00 – 8:00, Exhibition Hall) : especially if these rumors of rain pan out, the just-the-right-side of mystical call of New York’s Gang Gang Dance may be just the thing to draw you into an underground cavern. [josh]

Speak, Poet! Tara Hardy, Jack McCarthy, Danny Sherrard (7:30 – 8:45, Leo K. Theatre) – Seattle has some of the best poetry/spoken word performers in the US, and this line-up features some of the most exciting: Bent founder and former Poet Populist Tara Hardy, “stand-up poet” Jack McCarthy and Danny Sherrard, 2008 World Cup Poetry Slam champion. [stan]

Telekinesis (8:00 – 9:00, EMP, also plays the Free Yr Radio stage at 1:15 and KEXP at 5:15) : Beaming from behind his drum kit, Seattle’s own Michael Benjamin Lerner is hardly a lead-singer/lead-drummer in the Phil Collins mold. Though he records as a mostly one-man-band, he still handles both roles with aplomb when accompanied by a full band for live performances, crafting light yet affecting pop songs from center stage. In reviewing their self-titled album, Carrie Brownstein likened the band to the pogo: “with the leap into the air — that hint of uncertainty, of possibility, of letting go — being the words, and the driving, perfectly crafted melody (as sturdy as anything) being the feel of your feet as they touch the ground.” [npr] This is a group that lives up to their praise. [josh]

Kay Kay & His Weathered Underground (9:30 – 10:30, EMP): It only makes sense to end the first day at Bumbershoot with the crazy gypsy carnival of Kay Kay. There will be approximately a million people on that stage, like all of the sideshow stages in the world, and it will be awesome. [samantha]

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